Apple suppliers are set to begin mass production of new iPad Pro and MacBook Pro models this year, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
In a series of tweets, Kuo said the new devices will likely continue to use M2 chips based on the 5nm process used to date.
Kuo said he doesn’t expect TSMC, Apple’s chipmaker, to be ready to make 3nm chips until January 2023, meaning they’ll be too late for Apple’s new iPad Pro, 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro. iPad Pro is expected to be announced already in October alongside the release of iPadOS 16. However, it is still unclear when the new MacBook Pros will arrive, although an October release would make sense there as well.
EMS must buy components from October for products that will enter mass production in 4Q22, but the 3nm chips won’t be available until January 2023. So I think the new MacBook Pro and iPad Pro, which will enter mass production in 4Q22, adopt the new but unlikely 3nm processor. https://t.co/8JR4LOHFVs
— Ming-Chi Kuo (@mingchikuo) August 26, 2022
The new MacBook Pros are expected to feature the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, with the current models using the M1 Pro and M1 Max parts. It was suggested that a 3nm manufacturing process could be used, but this now seems unlikely.
Apple’s A17 chip, set to power the iPhone 15 in September 2023, is already expected to use that process.
A 3nm manufacturing process does not necessarily mean that the chips will be significantly faster, although the reduction in power consumption and heat generated often allows the chips to run faster.
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